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December 14, 2001

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Tori performed in Vienna, Austria on December 14, 2001 at Gasometer during the 2001 StrangeLittleTour.


Set List


Thanks to john 'soco' robinson and John who were the first to email me with the set list!


'97 Bonnie & Clyde
Juarez
Rattlesnakes
Silent All These Years
Little Amsterdam
Josephine
Take To The Sky
Concertina
Sugar
China
Cruel
Not The Red Baron
Me and a Gun
Baker Baker

1st Encore:
Tear In Your Hand
Time

2nd Encore:
Playboy Mommy
Purple People
1000 Oceans


Reviews

Latest reviews are added to the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check the Tori Concert Reviews Forum for reviews as well!


From john 'soco' robinson

Added December 14, 2001 - Tori didn't really talk much. as far as i know of she also didn't do a Meet & Greet. They were running people away from the stage and from the area near the Bus. it was very cold tonight and i'm guessing this is the reason. The only story she really told was after Rattlesnakes when she talked about how this was the home of her Boesendorfer, which she referred to as "she" and how her piano technicians said it'd been to bumfuck and back. She said it'd been in deserts and swamps and in bombings, it was in new york on september 11th, and across oceans, and now back to where it came from. She told a very short story about the Wurley and how it was Country Joe and the Fishes from the "Original Woodstock" and how she didn't paint it but that the painting was in style again.

I didn't personally feel very moved throughout the concert except for a few songs. It was a nice concert but she just didn't seem to be into it. Starting with the "Amazing Grace" part and into "Not the Red Baron" was easily my favorite part, ending with "Baker, Baker" to which i started crying as it was, in my opinion, the most beautiful part of the show.

Also, my friends and I had a front row tickets already, but we got upgraded to better front row tickets because we were on the end (all 5 of us). My birthday present from myself to them were these tickets and so it was really nice for them to have even better seats than before.


From Martin Stepanek

Added December 14, 2001 - hello everyone! just back from the show in vienna. unfortunately i can't give you a setlist. but it will appear anyway.

a fascinating evening. tori made the first half rather unconventional with many songs, people clearly seemed not too familiar with (from choirgirl, venus, b-sides...) that was interesting, cause it seemed that she was just in the mood for it.

then, in the second half, all changed to smooth and beautiful. concertina was one of the songs linking from the first part of the show to the second, being one of the less known ones (again: SPEAKING OF the ordinary Austrian Tori-crowd), but done very slowly and beautifully, as all the other songs that would follow...

We got a fantastic CRUEL on the woodstock thing, china, me and a gun, not the red baron, baker baker, purple...?, time, playboy mommy (on woodstock), 1000 oceans... oh i just dont know... it was simply beautiful.

the atmosphere was really special, imo, cause people were very quiet during the songs but enthusiastic in between. tori didn't say much, but seemed to look really happy in the end. it felt a bit like a deal between her and us.

there was much respect and love for her, but all very subtle. people didn't move around, didn't talk or sing awfully. in the first half, it was a bit like, well... hmmm... we need to get to know each other, but wait, maybe i won't start with showing you the beautifullest fragilest of myself... which she eventually did in the end... we passed the test (listening to not so familiar stuff) and were rewarded with a beautiful and intimate second half and especially ending...

tori seemed to be so in peace with herself, especially at the end of the show. and so were many of the audience.

beautiful!

ohohoh and she played JOSEPHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and also: concertina, little amsterdam, silent all these y., rattlesnakes, sugar, take to sky, never seen blue? (not sure)... i simply cant remember more


From John

Added December 14, 2001 - first encore was supposed to be

tear in your hand
beulah land
mother

however it instead was
tear in your hand
time

Second encore was supposed to be
new age
upside down
1000 oceans

However it was
playboy mommy
purple people
1000 oceans

on the whurly, the original velvet underground lyrics to new age were up there, not the lyrics that tori sings on the album

during her talk after rattlesnakes, tori talked about the bose being home here in vienna, and how she has been through many things, including being in new york city during the sept 11 attacks.


From Silvia Klement

Added December 14, 2001 - it's me again. I just came home from Tori's concert and ... to sum it up: it was absolutely fabulous!!!!

Set list:
'97 Bonnie & Clyde
Juůrez (piano)
Rattlesnakes (keyboard & piano)
Silent All These Years (piano)
Little Amsterdam (keyboard & piano)
Josephine (piano)
Take To The Sky (piano)
Concertina (keyboard & piano)
Sugar (piano)
China (piano)
Cruel (wurly)
Not The Red Baron (piano)
Me And A Gun
Baker Baker (piano)

First Encore:
Tear In Your Hand (piano)
Time (piano)

Second Encore:
Playboy Mommy (wurly)
Purple People (piano)
1000 Oceans (piano & keyboard)

Running time: 9.21 p.m. - 23.04 p.m. = 1 hour 43 minutes

I got to the venue at Gasometer at 6.00 p.m. but they wouldn't let me in ă for press only. Since it was freezing today (between -8 and -12╔C) I decided to return later. Ben Christophers opened at 8.03 p.m as supporting act and played until 8.35 p.m. The audience was in a good mood and encouraged him. Already at the point it was crystal clear that we were about to witness an outstanding concert - the acoustics were absolutely incredible ...

At 9.21 p.m. Tori opened with "`97 Bonnie & Clyde". Then the curtain dropped and she walked on stage. She looked achingly beautiful tonight (she wore a black-turquoise trousers with slashes on the side, black high-heel shoes and a grey? top with lace). Before she sat down at the B˝sendorfer, she softly clapped on her (like a jockey does on his horse before the race for encouragement) and then played "Juůrez" on the piano, followed by "Rattlesnakes" on piano and keyboards. After that she welcomed the audience by saying "Hi everybody, how is it going?" Then she touched the B˝sendorfer and said something like: "This is her home. Tonight she is home. She has been to a lot of places ... the desert ... on a plane ... in New York on September 11th ... now she is fucking here." Then she played "Silent All These Years" on the piano, followed by "Little Amsterdam" on piano & keyboards, "Josephine" and "Take To The Sky" on the piano, "Concertina" on keyboards and piano, "Sugar" and "China" on the piano. Then she stood up and sat down at the Wurly and said something like "... she has been at Woodstock ..." and "I haven't painted her, it's in fashion now, but it's the origianl painting .." and then played "Cruel" on the wurly in a soft, sensual, nearly unreckognizable arrangment. Then she came back to the piano and played "Not The Red Baron", followed by "Me And ­A Gun" (tonight this was so intense - you could even hear the electricity going through the spotlights - her face, especially her eyes changed and she stared at the crowd with such an intensity and presence I've never ever seen before).

After that, she returned to the piano and finshed with "Baker Baker".

She came straight back for the First Encore which consisted of "Tear In Your Hand" and "Time", both on the piano.

Then she left the stage again and came back two minutes later for the Second Encore ă "Playboy Mommy" on the wurly, "Purple People" and "1000 Oceans" on the piano. The show ended at 23.04 p.m. The performance, both singing and playing, was beyond expectation. She took us on the ride of our lives, and I feel I haven't come back, yet. You guys have to imagine I was sitting in the second row, middle seat, off the stage !!! and I was so close for 1 hour 43 minutes to capture this outstanding performace. Wow!! Thank heaven for this Strange Little Girl.

I asked her husband Mark Hawley whether there'd be a Meet & Greet, and he told the place to go. Unfortunately, this was cancelled due the freezing wheather. We were told to leave because they said Tori would go straight in the bus and leave. No autographes!! No way. Not a chance! I was disappointed about this, but we all understood. At least the letter I wrote got picked up on the stage... WHAT AN AMAZING EVENING!!!!!!


From Eva

Added December 15, 2001 - Tori was amazing. I read that someone said that she wasn't very into it, but I don't agree at all. I was sitting 3rd row center (I could see that her toenails were painted red!), and judging from her facial expressions she was very much into it.

Also, the acoustics were excellent. Her voice was so strong and clear, it was amazing.

It took me a while to recognize Juarez, because I always skip it on the CD. She was standing up hitting the strings between the "no angel came" bits. I thought it was a very fitting song right after Bonnie & Clyde, and I like it much better now.

She played Little Amsterdam on both the piano and the keyboard, and she switched between them every time she sang "girls, you've got to now theses days which side you're on". It was just so... right.

I don't know whether she played Josephine because of the Vienna reference in the lyrics ("like a dream, Vienna seems"), but nobody in the audience seemed to notice. At least there was no audible reaction. The audience was really quiet during the songs, I guess Tori shut us all up. :-)

I was so happy to hear so many of my favorites turn up - Concertina, Take To The Sky, Silent All These Years.

She played Sugar!!! She seemed so angry during this one. And then so sad during China, which was the perfect song to follow.

Cruel was fantastic on the whurly.

Me And A Gun was heartwrenching and very intense. After Baker Baker, lots of people rushed to the stage and stayed there for the encores. She completely turned them around judging from the original setlist. I would have loved to hear Beulah Land, but Purple People makes up for that. :-)

All in all, it was an amazing show!!


From sonrisa

Added December 16, 2001 - unfortunately, i only attended 2 shows of tori's tour: the ones in munich and vienna. both of them were overwhelming, but the viennese concert has been so intense i focused all of my attention on that lady and her piano. i admire her skills so much i can't put it into the right words.

moreover, as i realized at the meet and greet in munich, besides of her talents, she is such a shining person, so likeable and lovely. i mean, i've been a fan of hers like half of my life (or at least it feels like it ;-), but she completely took me in these past few days.

before the first encores, i stood up and rushed to the stage so tori took both of my hands into hers and held them for a short moment. i know it's somewhat ridiculous, but that really made me feel special - and extremly happy of course!

even though we had a nasty car accident on our way back home, my friends and i will keep safe these experiences in our memories for the rest of our lives.


The reviews below were taken from the concert reviews section of The Dent Forum and added here on January 7, 2002


Review by martingale

hello everyone! just back from the show in vienna. unfortunately i can't give you a setlist. but it will appear anyway.

a fascinating evening. tori made the first half rather unconventional with many songs, people clearly seemed not too familiar with (from choirgirl, venus, b-sides...) that was interesting, cause it seemed that she was just in the mood for it.

then, in the second half, all changed to smooth and beautiful. concertina was one of the songs linking from the first part of the show to the second, being one of the less known ones (again: SPEAKING OF the ordinary Austrian Tori-crowd), but done very slowly and beautifully, as all the other songs that would follow...

We got a fantastic CRUEL on the woodstock thing, china, me and a gun, not the red baron, baker baker, purple...?, time, playboy mommy (on woodstock), 1000 oceans... oh i just dont know... it was simply beautiful.

the atmosphere was really special, imo, cause people were very quiet during the songs but enthusiastic in between. tori didn't say much, but seemed to look really happy in the end. it felt a bit like a deal between her and us.

there was much respect and love for her, but all very subtle. people didn't move around, didn't talk or sing awfully. in the first half, it was a bit like, well... hmmm... we need to get to know each other, but wait, maybe i won't start with showing you the beautifullest fragilest of myself... which she eventually did in the end... we passed the test (listening to not so familiar stuff) and were rewarded with a beautiful and intimate second half and especially ending...

tori seemed to be so in peace with herself, especially at the end of the show. and so were many of the audience.

beautiful!

ohohoh and she played JOSEPHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and also: concertina, little amsterdam, silent all these y., rattlesnakes, sugar, take to sky, never seen blue? (not sure)... i simply cant remember more...

i also disagree with someone's comment posted on The Dent that she didn't seem to be into it too much. In a way, we got a rather calm, but in no way bored or not-into-it-Tori. To me it seemed a bit as if she just wasn't in the mood of 'entertaining people'... I agree, this wasn't SHOWTIME Tori with much obvious communication between her and audience, but then, it could be that this show was much more personal than it would seem at first, offering us a rather calm and quiet Tori in a very intimate and subtle way (especially in the second half).

It's rather easy to win an audience over by playing well-known songs, using big gestures and funny conversations in between. The fascinating moment during this night was that somehow she managed to win over the overall majority of the audience without using all the ingredients a u2-like performance (and tori can be like that too) would normally consist of. Having thought of the show again and again, I must say, I feel that the audience's behaviour to this kind of Tori was simply wonderful and made the evening very special to me.

I guess, Tori-concerts in Europe are extremely different from her concerts in America. Personally, I think that comparing an Austrian or Swiss show to a performance in America is not very useful. I believe that shows in America are much more fun and that there is much more open communication between her and the audience, her being much more talkative and people from the audience yelling out things, commenting on songs, clapping screaming etc... than over here. Most people would find so unappropriate here to scream into one song of her or yell out stuff. In a way I think that people here almost treat her similarily than they would treat a classical music artist. You pay attention and listen to his/her music quietly, only to give an overwhelming response with frenetic clapping at the end of the piece. Maybe that has to do with our classical music concert tradition. I really don't know, I simply find it very fascinating, in what different ways Tori is loved and respected in different countries around the world.

My thought is that the audience in Switzerland was maybe really similar and that someone from the outside (like from America) could easily get the feeling that the audience was very reserved and not into it too much.

My belief is that Tori loves both type of experience equally. Also, with this post, I'm not really judging different audiences, saying that one tori audience is better than the other, but only very different from each other.

anyway... does this make sense?


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Review by john (CoolingboiMD)

the first encore was supposed to be
tear
beulah land
mother

second encore
NEW AGE
upside down
1000 oceans

She didnat play new age, obviously.

when we were very warmly welcomed by tori last night at the post show in basel, i told her i had been saving my request of professional widow on the whirly just for europe and she said it was definetly a possibility. maybe she tried it, didnt like it, and decided to play new age for me instead.

after the show one of the people we are traveling with asked Mark why tori didnt play new age and he said that her voice wouldnt allow it. whatever the fuck that means.

its way way way cold over here, but incredibly amazing. talk to you all soon

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Review by sundrop

ans this to all: this was my second concert, and i really loved, but i honestly didnt expect anything else. Only one thing to "complain": it seems that Tori talks more in her concerts in the states about her songs and stories in her mind. could it be, that she thinks we dont understand. Tori, really, we wanna hear your stories, thats what makes your concerts even more special.

to martingale: well, i agree that she played songs that not everyone knew except for those who try to get her singles.... and i found even more astonishing that she sang ME AND A GUN, which i didnt think to hear again live.

for review use: tori kept us waiting in the beginning, which made some get a little nervous. than she gave the songs you can see in STILLERS setlist. she was playing boesi, treating the mic as only Tori can, with all her different voices, or should i say with her songs voices? i dont kknow what else to say.

oh yes, when she was playing the first encore , i dont remember exactly what song, she saw somebody backstage and gave this person a smile that was brighter than all the lights on stage.....maybe her little baby?

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Review by nicce

Hi there,

Yup, I'm also new here.

Yesterday (14.12.2001), I attended my first Tori concert, although I've been an "Ears With Feet" since "Little Earthquakes".

Having only had the opportunity to listen to her recordings prior to last nights performance, it certainly confirmed how amazingly powerful Tori really is. She kept me in absolute awe throughout.

I tend to agree with Martingales observation that last nights crowd seemd a bit at a loss with her earlier pieces. On the other hand, to see this beautiful woman slapping her Boesendorfer - almost turning 'her' into a percussion, playing the keyboard and the Honkeytonk piano (from the Woodstock days) and playing the Boesendorfer and the keyboard simultaneously, actually perform live infront of us - our behaviour must have been deep respect for her exceptional talent and a love for Tori herself, her emotions and of course her music which she shared with us. Tori is one very special person.

(I've been to concerts were people really didn't care about the artist whom they came to see and spoilt it for others.)

So, I would actually like to compliment the 'Vienna-Tori- fan-gang' on beeing such an astounding audience, who acknowledge and appreciate her talent. This was definately proven by the tremendous applause Tori received.

Toward the end of the concert her fans obviously could no longer hold back and rushed towards the stage, handing her flowers and gifts and hoping that Tori would touch their hands. Not one, "stepped out of line", well, not that I noticed. Thanks guys!

Last night was one of those very special series of moments that engraved themselves into my memory-bank!
I'm just another Tori-fan, an "Ears With Feet" as Tori likes to call us. So, what can I tell you that you might not have experienced yourselves? Probably very litte!

Sweet memories!

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Review by Stiller

hi all!

since there is still some talk about fridays show in Vienna and about atmosphere and crowds over here in Europe, I don't wanna miss the opportunity to share my impression...

//start reviewing thoughts

about the crowd:
well, I would say that it was pure fascination which kept the audience so silent that night; and for me, that made the performance even more impressive...I can still remember the vocals of Me And A Gun cutting through that silence...quite unnerving.
During the whole show there was much respect and appreciation in the air, so when people where rushing the stage after Baker Baker (when Tori was going to leave the stage at the end of the main set), even that looked respectful. first there were a few brave, then more and more dared to go to the stage, so that in the end everyone sitting down front had to stand up to still have a good view. but you wanted to give Tori standing ovations anyway.

I will never forget that moment, it was during Tear In Your Hand, when Tori spotted someone backstage and showed us all, how a loving smile should look like. Or the sweet gestures towards the fans when she said goodbye.
BTW, you don't need stories or talk to create a bond between artist and audience...when you see someone on stage feeling that comfortable and full of happiness

of course I studied all the setlists of the european shows prior to the concert, to know what to expect, but now I can't really comment the setlist, because as the show had started, I did no longer care if it would include all/some/none of my favourites...every single song simply worked.

//end reviewing thoughts

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Review by miss_moonie

the concert on friday was the first tori concert i ever went to - last time she played in vienna, i was out of the country. this time i booked the tickets about half an hour after i had heard about the show! my husband came along - i had introduced him to tori's music some years ago, and it has grown on him since.

it was wonderful. i have never seen an audience so thoroughly spell-bound! it truly felt as if the faeries had come and woven a spell ...

i was pleasantly surprised she played "josephine" and "concertina", my favourite songs off the last album, and loved her for playing "time", and "china". her voice is amazing, and thanks to quite good acoustics, we could enjoy it / her to the fullest.

i wish she had talked more to the audience, she can be so funny, but perhaps she thinks that people wouldn't understand?

like someone else here, i was wondering whether the vienna reference made he choose "josephine" for this performance in vienna?

anyway, i am definitely going to see her again if ever she comes back to play in vienna, or she plays anywhere near where i happen to be!

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Review by Sisko (Sisse)

k so im finally back in Finland!
i want to thank all the people i met during my trip to Vienna and especially Tori for .... being so TORI.

it was the first time i saw her live and im still unable to find enough words to describe that evening-
she totally took my breath away and my heart has never EVER beat as fast as it did while Tori was singing 97 B&C behind the curtain.

i was sitting in the third row (quite in the middle) and got right in front of the stage after Baker Baker. i (once again.. after already crying my eyes out starting somewhere abouts Silent All These Years ) totally broke down when she started Tear In Your Hand.

an amazing, such a brilliant and a multi-talented person she is. and the way she was looking at us during the encores.. it was like a religious experience.. like we had all found our way home and there she was, right in front of us all, children..

thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Press Review translated into English by miss_moonie
Original article was in German and sonrisa posted to a link to that article

Find the original article here:
http://fm4.orf.at/blumenau/66568/main

here is a translation / summary of the article.

martin blumenau tells how the day before the concert he bought the magazine "q" which had a list of the all-time most important women in pop. it listed tori as #4 which he thinks is okay.

he compares the last time he went to a tori concert to this time:
then - konzerthaus, vienna, classical atmosphere, this time, gasometer - no atmosphere at all.
then - a press conference at boesendorfer, tori at a piano, flirty, pleased and happy, this time - only the cold, and an average press conference for eastern europe.
then - her own compositions, songs that dripped her heart's blood, and this time a beautiful but coolly calculated album of cover versions.

row 10, seat 21, and he meets a colleague whom he had not expected to be there, but then again, there is a piece of tori in every self-confident woman. and this colleague, h., turns out to be a real tori fan. she is looking forward to the concert like a child. she says she would give anything to be able to sing and play the piano like that. everything.

then blumenau talks about the eminem song, and what tori is wearing, and how she is playing the piano and keyboards, and how the second song, rattlesnakes, sounds unusual but very good in tori's version.

silent all these years, and ex-colleague h. and the girl next to blumenau sing along quietly. word for word.

he says that it is quite obvious nobody has spent that much money on a ticket for this concert unless he or she is a slave to tori and adores her. he compares the concert to mass, mentions the audience who are all quiet and hang on tori's every word. tori only plays a couple more songs off the new album, doesn't sing hey jupiter, cornflake girl, or winter, but performs songs from all her albums.

he says that tori's major influence becomes clearer now - it is not so much kate bush, but joni mitchell. one can discover the songs' roots in blues, gospel, jazz traditions. she takes these and fills the songs with her own extra-ordinary personality, brings them to life via her own experiences, views, and dreams.

he says that tori has moved on from the angry eruptions (beginning until mid-90s), becoming more etherial. but he likes that, even though he admired the screaming more. what made that so special, was that he always had the feeling that "female matters" became so much clearer to him (having one's period, pms, etc) when he listened to her songs - they made matters more understandable and clearer than any book ever could, than any painting ever could, because it all happened through emotions, and she spoke to your emotions, it was all right in yer face.

this feeling is missing now. on the new cd, at this concert.

it's rather cool for a tori amos concert. his ex-colleague doesn't sing along a lot. and the girl next to him remains seated during the encores. but still, h. says, she would give anything to be able to play and sing like tori.

the rest of the article is about the horrific ticket prices and the location.

hope this helped!

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Review by ill.postino

Oo O o I loved the concert! It all happend so fast, like in one breath! But is was magnificnet! Oh TOri

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Review by NotJudyG

Hi everybody!

I just have to add my experience here: Fridays been the first time that I had the chance to see Tori and its been - to me- simply wonderful.

The moment when she came on stage was so incredible, I couldnt believe seeing her! Her humor, they way she performed, her amazing voice, the songs that she played.... ...I just hope, shell be touring again soon (andll come to Vienna again).

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Review by ravi (atmoR)

i read some postings and felt that i want to write something from me too.

hey, sonrisa, i also felt a bit strange that there were not too many "hard-core" fans anywhere seen. i came to the venue at 17.00 and was actually running... after munich i couldn't stop singing "cool on your island" and stop replaying m&g (you know why ) . luckily I recognized a EWF in Pavel and then we found Giovanni and Siska and had very sweet chat while drinking coffee on the top floor of that shoping mall.

we also talked a bit with one girl who was from a newspaper or something and she went to the press-conference with Tori to take pics. there were quite few photographers who went there...

the concert hall from foye looked very different from munich and i was already thinking how much it will influence the show.

i got searched on the entrance and some people couldn't use their fancy devices left in their coats...

the seating was a bit unfair - people on the side of first 10 raws hardly could see anything... some of them got upgrades later.

girls behind me were singing along only stuff from first 3 records falling out already on cruel... the 3 guys in front - 2nd raw seats! - were falling ASLEEP! - almost snoring, dear jesus...

the show itself was pure magic... much more sensitive and fairy-like than munich with "concertina" and "josephine" showing up and "baker baker" - my special friend from last tour...

the biggest experience was the last part when we ran to the stage and I could see Tori pretty close and somehow a veil that was there faded a little and suddenly she was there alive infront of me a tiny woman, a gigantic artist, a gentle wonder, a mother, a friend, a girl who needs love and care...

i felt how impartant that is for the whole thing that Tori does live that few people travel from place to place and support the happening with their love and appreciation. i think Tori needs it and treasures it too...

my god, one time is not enough, even 2 shows in a raw is kinda getting a taste. i wish i'd be at that polish affair... may be russia thing will work out. i faxed her manager yesterday... may be i am nuts.
love to you all, see you online!

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